Circularity and Sustainability in Public Procurement: Insights from the City of Haarlem

Attention all professionals with a vested interest in public procurement, sustainability, and circularity! We are pleased to extend to you a formal invitation to attend the Study Visit, scheduled for May 23rd in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

During the Study Visit, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the field of public procurement, sustainability, and circularity. The session will start with the presentations of the European Innovation Award winners, the City of Vantaa and the City of Haarlem, by Elina Värtö and Valentina Schippers-Opejko, respectively. The presentations will provide an overview of the innovative and responsible public procurement practices implemented by these cities and the positive impact they have had on their communities.

Following the award winners’ presentations, Valentina Schippers-Opejko will present practical examples of innovation and circularity in the City of Haarlem. This part of the session will showcase how the city has been able to effectively integrate circularity and sustainability principles into its procurement processes.

Moreover, the session will include a training programme on innovative and circular procurement for public authorities under the EU Horizon project PROCEDIN. The training will provide capacity building for innovative and circular procurement practices, enabling public authorities to make more informed and responsible procurement decisions.

After the presentations, participants will be taken to the Innovation Hub lab C-district, where they will have the opportunity to witness innovative and sustainable solutions in action. The focus will be on Innovation and Circularity, and the goal is to offer insights into how innovation can be accessible for European SMEs, public authorities, and European professionals. You will get to meet producers and entrepreneurs on the spot and learn about their innovative solutions and best practices.

This event is completely free of charge, and we invite you to join us at 11:45 am at ‘the Refter’ with coffee/tea and sandwiches before we start our session at 12:30 pm at ‘the Council Chamber’ of the City Hall, Grote Markt 2 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. After the inspiring Study Visit, your transfer to Haarlem central train station will be arranged at 4:30 pm for you to travel home.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the best, exchange knowledge, and see innovative and sustainable solutions in action. Register now to secure your spot and join us for an unforgettable afternoon in Haarlem!


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